Your system currently has an older version of Java and you are receiving this update notification because a newer version has been automatically detected.
This release addresses security concerns. Oracle strongly recommends that all Java SE 7 users upgrade to this release.
Please install this free Java Update by clicking on the Install button on the Java Update window.
Installing this update will ensure that your Java applications continue to run as safely and efficiently as always.
"SPONSORS=0"as an option, when installing Java via the command line. The option to disable sponsors will persist across all future updates and re-installs of Java. Note that sponsor offers, and therefore this functionality, is only applicable to online 32bit JRE installers and Auto Update mechanisms for the Windows operating system. » More information
The JRE expires whenever a new release with security vulnerability fixes becomes available. Critical patch updates, which contain security vulnerability fixes, are announced one year in advance on Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin. This JRE (version 7u55) will expire with the release of the next critical patch update scheduled for July 15, 2014.
For systems unable to reach the Oracle Servers, a secondary mechanism expires this JRE (version 7u55) on August 15, 2014. After either condition is met (new release becoming available or expiration date reached), Java will provide additional warnings and reminders to users to update to the newer version.